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Props to director Gabe Torres as it had to be rather difficult to direct a guy in a car trunk and he did a great job!
Props to the performance that Stephen Dorff did in this movie! He had such little room to work but pulled off a truly good performance! I believe Stephen Dorff was an executive producer for this film as well.
Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) wakes up in the trunk of car. He doesn't know who put him there but he guesses it has something to do with his job. He's a secret service agent.
He's actually in a plastic box within a trunk. There is a red digital clock at one end counting down. He has a two-way radio and finds he can communicate with another prisoner, that's trapped in another trunk. There's a tube from the front of the cab, through which things can be dropped into his box. A card is his first clue. On one side is a picture of the White House, on the other the words, "Give us the location of roulette."
"Brake's a unique one," Stephen said. "It's almost like an experimental movie. We made it in 10 days, and this 19-20-year-old kid (Timothy Mannion) wrote the script. I thought it was a clever concept in a time when Hollywood's frankly not being that clever lately."
Make no doubt about it Stephen's acting, the idea and the director, Gabe Torres, make Brake work.
The movie was dedicated to Stephen's mom, who he lost a few years back to cancer. This is a great little thriller film you'll miss if you don't seek it out soon.
"We pretty much stay in this confined, claustrophobic space for, I think, 67 minutes," Stephen said. "For me, it's manipulation. It's a game, this film. Ultimately, there are a couple twists once I get out of the truck, which I really can't go into because I would probably ruin the movie for you."
However, I knew 20 minutes in that he would love Brake. I Tivo'd the next time it came on and we watched together. He loved it. I purchased a new blu-ray player for his computer for Christmas and bought the Brake blu-ray to go along with it. He's watched it a couple of times. It's a good movie--check it out.
Comparison is inevitable. The opening of "Brake" strongly reminds of "Buried," in which Ryan Reynolds' character finds himself buried alive inside a coffin. Now let me quickly add that Gabe Torres' "Brake" differs from "Buried" at several major points. Without revealing too much, I can say that similarity ends pretty early on in the story, where we know why Jeremy is held captive.
So far, the film is good. In spite of Stephen Dorff's solid performance, however, "Brake" is not as thrilling as it should be. The plot development is slow and contrived. The film cannot maintain the claustrophobic atmosphere that grabs our attention at its beginning, showing its hand too early in its attempt to keep us interested. The film's mid-section feels drawn-out, with gimmicks (like the "countdown" and the attacking bees) that are random and pointless. It borrows ideas from other thrillers and never develops them.
Several reviewers have criticized the film's ending. While I agree with them, I also think the weak script is to be blamed for the ineffective development of the story. In short, we don't know what the trapped man wants (or needs) to do. His own survival or something else? The story goes around and around, not knowing where it wants us to take. "Brake" has a nice idea, which is ultimately half-baked.
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This was the first of the DVDs I viewed for my new DVD cycle. I was astounded by the script and how virtually the entire movie was contained in one small box. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
Ever since CSI's "Grave Danger," any movie/show that took the "buried" scenario and ran with it has immediately peaked my interest. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by Nicholas Hatley
Other reviews were bad because of the ending. No spoilers here, but it was unexpected, and for some people it ruined the movie. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by jeanneserenity
personally, I thought the ending was great and suspenseful. I think it was good movie if you don't mind one character movies.Published on June 16, 2013 by S. Mitchell